Journal Article

Cell-based approaches for the treatment of systemic inflammation

Christopher J. Pino, Alexander S. Yevzlin, Kyungsoo Lee, Angela J. Westover, Peter L. Smith, Deborah A. Buffington and H. David Humes

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 28, issue 2, pages 296-302
Published in print February 2013 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online November 2012 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Cell-based approaches for the treatment of systemic inflammation

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Acute and chronic solid organ failures are costly disease processes with high mortality rates. Inflammation plays a central role in both acute and chronic organ failure, including heart, lung and kidney. In this regard, new therapies for these disorders have focused on inhibiting the mediators of inflammation, including cytokines and free radicals, with little or no success in clinical studies. Recent novel treatment strategies have been directed to cell-based rather than mediator-based approaches, designed to immunomodulate the deleterious effects of inflammation on organ function. One approach, cell therapy, replaces cells that were damaged in the acute or chronic disease process with stem/progenitor technology, to rebalance excessive inflammatory states. As an example of this approach, the use of an immunomodulatory role of renal epithelial progenitor cells to treat acute renal failure (ARF) and multiorgan failure arising from acute kidney injury is reviewed. A second therapeutic pathway, cell processing, does not incorporate stem/progenitor cells in the device, but rather biomimetic materials that remove and modulate the primary cellular components, which promote the worsening organ tissue injury associated with inflammation. The use of an immunomodulating leukocyte selective cytopheretic inhibitory device is also reviewed as an example of this cell processing approach. Both of these unconventional strategies have shown early clinical efficacy in pilot clinical trials and may transform the therapeutic approach to organ failure disorders.

Keywords: acute kidney injury (AKI); cell therapy; systemic inflammation; stem/progenitor cells; selective cytopheretic inhibitory device (SCD)

Journal Article.  4317 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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